Notes: It's rare when a newer vehicle has defect trends. Judging from the identical 2017 model year, the 2018 Honda CR-V is likely to have at least two — overfilled oil levels with a gas smell, & heat not working.

Both problems affecting the Honda CR-V's 1.5L "Earth Dreams" engine appear to be related to cold-climate regions.

CR-V owners report overfilled oil levels due to fuel in the oil, & sometimes a gas smell in the cabin. That problem appears to be related to fuel injection which Honda hopes to fix via a software update. Honda so far has only conducted a recall in China & a "product update" in Canada.

CR-V owners also report no heat even after warming up their CR-Vs for 30 minutes — not even enough to defrost the windshield. So far, there has been no fix from Honda for this issue.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
7,250 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2018 Honda CR-V Owner Comments

problem #2

May 242019

CR-V EX 1.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,900 miles


Repeating some from other similar posts. Check engine light came on Friday on drive home, indication Emissions System Problem. Didn't drive car for three days. Light and warning came on again on 4th day and continues to remain on all the time. Read elsewhere of issue with Canister Change-Over Valve Control Unit has a low voltage and not sending enough current to the module. This car was in a front end collision with a deer back in Nov 2018 and sustained significant damage ($13k to repair), but since return of car in December until now, late May, now check engine light has lit. Will be taking the car to the dealer, and checking with the body shop that did previous repair.

- David D., Cascade, US

problem #1

Nov 272017

CR-V EX-L 1.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 555 miles

Brand new car! Bought a Honda so I didn't think I would have problems. After checking on here it would seem this problem was going on with the last year model also! Will update after dealer visit. This happen today on my way to work so has not been to the dealer yet.

- tmossa, Du Bois, IL, US

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